Updated: Aug 1, 2022
Surreal. It’s an adjective describing something as very strange or unusual or having the quality of a ✨ dream. ✨
If there’s any word to describe the 8point8 VA Team’s first General Assembly, it would be SURREAL. Even then, the word would still be an understatement out of all the glory hours we had in the physical company of one another.
On April 16, 2022, 8point8 VA Team members from different parts of the Philippines convened together face to face and for the first time in Talisay City, Cebu. We gathered in the residence of our CEO and founder, Ms. Lisa Sabala.
Why was this gathering surreal?
1. From Virtual to Face-to-Face Meetup
We are a team of VIRTUAL assistants and we thrived in the virtual setting smoothly. We receive tasks, complete assignments, and deliver client reports ALL with the help of internet-relying apps and tools. Working online in the comfort of our homes was a convenience. So who would have thought that all 20+ of us from different parts of the country would be willing to uproot ourselves from this comfort to fly, sail, or drive and meet these new faces for the first time? But we did.
2. COVID remained a threat
At the time when local borders were slow in welcoming tourists because of the pandemic, team members from outside Cebu made the leap of faith and booked airline tickets. We didn’t know if any lockdown would be announced eventually. But we hoped that local travel restrictions would eventually be relaxed. These did.
3. Just a fly-by discussion
You know how it is when a colleague randomly says, “I think I like to fly to the moon this weekend,” and you respond, “Yeah, that would be cool!” And you were not really paying attention because, seriously, flying to the moon? You got the point, right? Then all of a sudden you saw their uploaded photos of wearing astronaut costumes floating in the air. The random talks about having face-to-face meetings seemed like it was nothing serious. Or so we thought.
The 8point8 virtual assistant team started out with just Lisa and two other team members. Over time, and with consistent quality work, our list of client recommendations and referrals grew, and so does the team. It would have been easier to gather five to 10 people. But who would have thought it possible for 20+ individuals to personally meet each other for the first time? We did.
5. Fresh friendship and lasting memories
Even when we are working virtually, we have built a culture of mutual respect, professionalism, and support for each other’s skills, talents, and uniqueness. But the thought of meeting one another could have been awkward. Surprisingly enough, we got past that after a few, quick, seconds. We enjoyed the airport meet-ups, rides together, and of course, the fellowship over games and food. In fact, we felt heartbroken when it was time to say goodbye. Yes, we did.
Our General Assembly was an event we fervently hoped and prayed to happen – and we did make it happen. We have celebrated the reward of a remote work setup, healthy team culture, new friendships, and great memories.
But what makes this event even more rewarding is the realization that we would never have built this team if not for the trust, loyalty, and support of our beloved clients. We made our GA happen because you, dear client, made the 8point8 VA Team happen.
As we reap the harvest of our labor, we will also continue with our commitment to deliver quality output and service that will scale your business even more. With you at the helm, we will always be your Very Able team of virtual assistants for online coaches, course creators, and online entrepreneurs.
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!